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What If I Get a DUI Outside Pennsylvania?

In-State Consequences for Out-Of-State Charges

As the weather gets warmer, more and more people will make travel plans and leave their home states for various vacation destinations. However, trouble can arise if you get caught drinking and driving while visiting another state. Read on to learn the consequences of getting a DUI outside Pennsylvania.

Driver License Compact

Pennsylvania is a member of a forty-six-state agreement known as the Driver License Compact. Under this agreement, participating states share any violations or offenses that are committed by out-of-state drivers by forwarding that information to a driver’s home state.

For example, if someone from Pennsylvania gets a DUI while visiting a neighboring state such as New Jersey or Ohio, then that state would share information about that person’s incident with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Similarly, Pennsylvania would send someone’s information to their home state if they were charged with DUI while in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Laws on Out-Of-State DUI Charges

Pennsylvania treats out-of-state DUI charges the same as if they had occurred within the state. What happens next depends on several factors, including whether or not this incident is the first time someone is charged with a DUI:

  • If a person’s BAC was higher than .08% but less than .10% and it is their first offense, they will not receive a license suspension but may be fined, put on probation, or be mandated to attend an alcohol safety course.

  • If their BAC falls within the same range but it is a repeat offense, they may face license suspension, higher fines, and potential jail time.

  • If their BAC was higher than .10%, regardless of whether the incident was their first offense or a repeat offense, they may face license suspension along with more severe versions of the penalties listed above.

Defense Against DUI Charges

When facing DUI charges, you have the right to defend yourself, and in order to do this successfully, you need the help of a criminal defense attorney. At Statt Law, we can help you craft a successful defense in order to seek a lesser charge or a dismissal of your charge. Your rights matter, and we will work hard to defend them when you choose us.


Learn more about DUI defense in Pennsylvania or schedule your consultation with us by calling (717) 537-0928 or by visiting our website.

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